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Coping with Firework Season

Autumn can be the start of fireworks season, which can cause stress for some pets.

Here are just a few tips to help them get through the night.

 

  1. If possible, walk your dog as early as possible. Taking your pet out in the darkness when the fireworks are starting can be scary for your dog
  2. Keep your cat indoors for the night.  Make sure that you close all the windows and doors.
  3. Create a safe space in the house with their favourite toys, treats and water. If your dog uses a crate cover it with towels or blankets.  This will create a safe familiar haven and help muffle the noise of the fireworks
  4. Turn on the TV or radio to help drown out outside noises. A familiar program or soothing music will help calm your pet.
  5. Stay at home with your pet. Keep them close to you and pet them.

Walking in the dark

As the nights draw in you will find that your early morning or evening dog walk will take place in darkness

Here are our top tips for walking the dog on those dark nights

  1. Buy yourself and your dog a reflective vest so you can be easily seen by passing traffic.
  2. Stick to the paths that you know. Exploring a new route is not the best idea in the dark
  3. Try using a headlamp to keep your hands free and in control of your dog.
  4. Always keep your dog on the lead. Even the best behaved dogs can get spooked at night.  Looking for a scared dog in the dark is not fun!
  5. Buy a light up collar for your dog like our K9 B-Seen Rechargeable LED Light Collar
  6. Always carry your phone. You never know when you may need it.

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Tips to keep your indoor cat fit and active

  1. Try to schedule playtime around the times of the day when your kitty seems most active.
  2. Older cats will be happy with 2-3 play sessions whereas kittens will benefit from more.
  3. Keep play sessions short.  Your kitty will be happy to play for about 15 minutes each session.
  4. Learn to recognise when your cat is not wanting to play. A bored cat will just walk away or ignore it’s toys. Some may lash out in frustration.
  5. Make use of toys but always make sure they are suitable for your cat.
  6. Encourage them to jump and climb by providing vertical places such as cat towers of clutter free window ledges.
  7. Remember to watch for signs of over exertion in older cats. If they start to pant or breath heavily it may be time to stop play.

Top tips for new dog owners

Make sure you get your dog vaccinated

All dogs should be vaccinated to protect them from disease. Make sure your pet gets its booster every year. You will need a record of this if you want your pet to go to a boarding kennel or if you apply for a pet passport.

Talk to your vet about neutering your dog

Your local vet will give you the best advice for you and your dog. It’s always good to know your options.

Keep an eye on your dog’s weight

Make sure you are giving your dog a healthy balanced diet. An overweight dog can lead to an unhealthy dog.

Regular daily exercise

All dogs need exercise, some more than others. Getting out into the world stimulates your dog, keeps them fit and healthy and introduces them to other dogs along the way. It’s also good for humans too!

Grooming and dental care

Grooming your dog on a regular basis keeps their coat in tip top condition. It will also alert you to any changes in their body and unwanted pests such as fleas & ticks. Always check their teeth on a weekly basis. It’s best to catch any problems as early as you can!

Remember, the best advice is with your local vet.

Having an indoor cat

Many people have cats that always live indoors, especially if they live near busy roads. If the cat has a disability or medical problem, living indoors may be a better option for them and may make them feel more comfortable.

As they do not have the ‘great outdoors’ to explore they may need more stimulation and attention.

Here are just a few tips to keep them happy and healthy.

  1. Indoor cats need ample room to explore and play. Make sure they are free to roam as much as possible in their new home and not locked into one room.
  2. Your indoor cat will require access to a litter tray. Clean it regularly as they can be reluctant to use a dirty toilet.  Make sure it is in a quiet place in the house.
  3. Provide scratching posts.  This will help them keep their claws in good order, strengthen their muscles and deter them from attacking your furniture.
  4. Cats love their own resting places so a box or cat bed where they feel safe is important. Try a couple, one at floor level and one higher up. You will soon find out where your cat feels most at home.
  5. Play time! Toys and interaction will stop your cat feeling bored and frustrated.
  6. Always have fresh water for your cat to drink.  They can be extremely fussy when it comes to water that has been sitting in a bowl for long periods of time.

As with any pet, take advice from your local vet or rehoming centre.  Like us, they are all individuals with their own particular quirks!

Tips on introducing a rescue dog into your home.

One of the nicest ways to introduce a new dog into your home is to pop along to your nearest Dog rehoming centre. By choosing a rescue dog you are giving them a fresh start and a new home, and in return, you will be given unconditional love.

  1. Make sure you give your new pet plenty of attention.  They can be nervous coming into a new home and will look to you for reassurance.
  2. Chose a dog that will fit in with your family. If you have children, choose a dog that will be comfortable with them. Talk to your children before your new dog comes home so that they know how to behave around him. An over excited child that just wants to hug and pet may frighten a new dog.

If you already have a pet, introduce them on neutral territory to see how they react to each other.

  • Make sure your home is ready for your new arrival before you bring them home. Have a bed or cage set up for them that is in a quiet corner of your home. If you use a cage, pop an old towel over the top. This will help your dog to feel more secure and safe.
  • Ask the rehoming centre about the food your dog needs to eat. Some rescue dogs may have special dietary needs.
  • One of they best ways to find dog friendly walking paths is to ask other dog owners in your area. By planning ahead, you will have a stress-free walk.
  • Make sure your pet wears a collar that fits correctly and has a name tag with your contact details and a good strong lead or harness.

Most of all enjoy the newest member of your family!

Springtime check list

Its springtime, your garden starts to grow and your pet is spending more time playing outside.  Here are a few points to keep in mind to keep your pet happy and healthy.

  1.  You may use pellets to deter slugs and snails and weedkilling products but some of these can be harmful to cats and dogs. Even eating a small amount can cause them to become seriously ill. Always check the labels of any chemicals you use in the garden.
  • More time outside means more chance of ticks.  Check your pets regularly, even between the toes and along the gums.  These pesky critters can really hide away!
  • Allergies can affect your pet too!  If you think your pet is scratching more than usual it may be worthwhile getting it checked out at the vets
  • Some flower bulbs can be toxic for your pets so make sure you do not leave them where they can be chewed.

Make your garden a happy and safe place for everyone in the family!

Dogs at play

Playing with your dog builds a bond between you both and helps your pup understand what appropriate play is and what is not appropriate.

Set aside time each day to play with your pup, whether indoor or outdoors.  Playtime will stimulate your pup’s mind, eliminate stress and give you both daily exercise. It’s a great way to blow off steam at the end of the day

  1. Choose toys that are suitable for the size of your pet and for the environment where you choose to play. Toys that are too small for your dog can be easily swallowed or become lodged in your dogs throat.
  2. Make sure that the materials used in the toy are safe for pets. If a toy looks worn or unsafe, dispose of it immediately.
  3. Get into the routine of washing your pups toys. Do not let harmful bacteria build up on them.

Most of all, have fun and learn together!

Winter Walks

At this time of year, we start to think about getting fit and summer ready. Having a dog means that we have more chance of keeping to regular exercise because once they get into a routine, they do not let you forget it!

Walking

Even if you cannot go far, regular walks around the block will get you both stretching your muscles and heart rate. Your pooch will love to be out among the scents, sights, and sounds of the outdoors.  Stimulate your senses! Just a few strolls a day can be beneficial to you both.

Make sure your dog’s lead and collar in good shape.

Hiking

A hike will make you and your dog use different muscles and increasing the heart rate. Getting into the great outdoors will stimulate both you and your pooch.

Make sure you carry fresh water and snacks for you both.

Play

If the weather is inclement, try indoor exercise through play. Interaction between you and your pet will increase the bond between you. 

Make sure the toys you use are appropriate for your dog.

Have a little fun!

A new family member

Getting a new dog is a wonderful experience for the whole family.  Start training straight away and soon your pet will be relaxed and happy in his new home.

Naming your dog

Choose a short name ending with a strong consonant that can easily be heard.

House Rules

Decide on the rules early and stick to them.  This will avoid confusion.

Pet space

Pets need their own space just like we do. Choose your pets sleeping space as early as possible. This will make them feel comfortable and safe.

Reward good behaviour

Having a little treat at the end of a training session is a positive reinforcement.

Training sessions

At the end of each training session make sure you give your pet lots of praise and a few minutes playing time. They will then start to look forward to their next session with a wagging tail!